The 6 Best Bluetooth Tablet Keyboards to Buy in 2017

Make typing on your tablet easier with these top keyboards

Let's face it: Sometimes the touch-screen keyboard on your tablet just doesn't cut it and you need the real thing. So I've selected the best add-on keyboards for comfort, compatibility and price. These keyboards can be used wirelessly with other Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones (iPads, Androids or Windows devices). Whatever you're searching for, one of these keyboards will meet your expectations. Read on for which ones to buy in 2017.

The Arteck Universal Keyboard connects with just about every Bluetooth device: iPad Air, iPad Mini, Android, MacOS, Windows Tablets, PC Smartphones and more. The Arteck is Amazon’s number one bestseller due to its compatibility, design, battery life and affordable price.

Most of the other keyboards listed here use battery power directly from the mobile device you use to connect it with. The Arteck has a rechargeable lithium battery with an industry-capacity of half a year between charges based off two hours of use per day with the backlight off.

It’s thin and light, weighing less than six ounces and measuring 9.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches. Unfortunately, unlike many other keyboards on the list, it doesn’t dock your device, so you won’t have that laptop style transformation. Amazon users have also reported that it is quick to put your device into sleep mode and takes a few seconds to wake up and reconnect, so patience is required.

The Arteck comes with a USB charging cable, welcome guide and a 24-month warranty, along with customer service. The device comes in seven LED backlight colors that you can change based off your preference (red, light green, green/yellow, purple, cyan, green and blue).

If you look at both our Best Overall pick and our runner up, the iClever Portable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, you’ll be hard pressed to find a substantial difference between the two. Both keyboards look nearly identical, both are the same price, both let you choose between seven different backlight colors, and both work with nearly any device you can throw at it, including iOS, Android, and Windows tablets. There are a few other subtle ways to tell the two apart, as the iClever model offers 200 hours of use on a single charge with no backlighting and the Artek claims six months of battery life. The iClever keyboard is a tad larger than its chief competitor, but we doubt anyone would notice it. That all said, we’re giving runner-up status to the iClever model simply because the Artek has more reviews and a slightly higher average Amazon rating. But to be honest, you’ll probably be just as happy with either model and we stand by both as great picks.

The Universal Foldable Keyboard by Microsoft is a wireless keyboard that works with your iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows tablets and phones. It utilizes the latest in Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which winds up consuming less power. The ultra-thin and lightweight device only weighs one pound and measures 6.1 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches – and still has a full-size keyset for fast and accurate typing. Once folded, the keyboard becomes roughly the size of a wallet.

Its power system is simple and straight forward: Unfolding the keyboard powers it up, and closing it shuts it down. And the other features? It’s spill-resistant with a water-repellent keyset and fabric that’ll help against any coffee accidents. The keyboard does have a rechargeable battery, however, you can use it for up to three months on a single charge.

Some users on Amazon have questioned the folding gap in between the keyboard. For some, it takes some time getting used to, but otherwise, serves as a divider for both the right and left hand. Based off user reviews, it’s a small learning curve. Fair warning: If you wind up using this keyboard for your Android device, you may have to pair it up each time you turn it on.

Made for your iPad Air (5th Generation), the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover comes with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, full-size keys, and iOS shortcuts for fast typing. Its price tag is hefty, but where it falls short on its expenses it makes up for with sturdiness and functionality.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard keeps your iPad in place similar to the Apple iPad Keyboard. Instead of docking your device, though, it has magnetic grooves to hold your iPad upright at the perfect angle for typing and interacting with your touch screen. The device houses and protects your iPad in a thin yet durable aluminum casing, and can close together with its powerful magnetic clips, keeping the cover and iPad perfectly aligned and secured.

One of the most troubling features of any iDevice is the tedious way of copying, pasting and undoing, and this keyboard makes up for that by including shortcuts for all three functions. It also comes with an auto wake/sleep feature that powers your iPad on when you open up the case and sleeps when you close it. Colors comes in space grey and white.

Our pick for best design is the Arteck Stainless Steel Universal Bluetooth Keyboard. This stainless-steel keyboard is compact at 11.1 x 5.3 x .16 inches and weighs just 10.2 ounces, so you can bring it just about anywhere. It offers six months of battery life on a single charge, which is just plain amazing. And it offers a more ergonomic design than other keyboards in this category with low-profile keys and comfortable typing that won’t cramp your hands.

Amazon reviewers have been happy with this model and say they love that the keyboard is more sturdy and durable than similar models. They also love the insane battery life.

The AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard is a no-nonsense keyboard under $25 that offers a completely wireless and cable-free connection. If you don’t care for docks or stands and just want a simple keyboard for your iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or Android phone, this one’s for you.

The AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard is a black, slim and compact keyboard with scissor-switch keys that measures 10.4 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches. The keyboard features shortcuts for easy access to your home screen, a search screen (so you can find your apps), a show/hide onscreen keyboard, as well as a media button and volume control. It’s a bit smaller than Apple’s wireless keyboard, but is still easy to type on. Keys don’t have an empty cheap feeling when pressed, and many Amazon users report how user-friendly the device is.

Because it can connect with the iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone and Bluetooth-enabled iPod touch, it makes it one of the most compatible keyboards on the list. You can also pair the keyboard with multiple devices, allowing you to easily move from typing on your iPad to typing on your iPhone. One Amazon user reported, based off their own personal testing, that it can connect with just about any Bluetooth-enabled device that supports HID, such as the Asus Transformer or Blackberry Playbook. If you’re hoping that a Bluetooth keyboard will work for you, this is the one to bank on.

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